Atlético Madrid will not change their style of play despite heavy criticism from people when they play Manchester City in the second quarter-final match of the Champions League tonight, coach Diego Simeone.
After a 1-0 loss with an overly defensive game plan that yielded no attempts on goal, Atlético had a lot of criticism, including former coach Arrigo Sacchi, who labeled it “prehistoric soccer, from the 1960s.”
“Loose lips sink ships,” Simeone replied when asked about Sacchi’s statement. “I’ve been coaching since 2005-06, and I prefer always to respect my colleagues. But that is always former players or coaches that decide to run their mouths to get people’s attention. I ignore them.”
Simeone said that his team, who reached the Champions League finals in 2014 and 2016, has a signature play and will play with it, despite needing a win in Wednesday’s game to earn a spot in the last four of the tournament.
“We’re up against a team that plays very well. An excellent positional game, but we’re hopeful. It’s clear that hope alone isn’t enough, but we’re going to try to take the game where we can hurt them,” the Argentine added.
“Words don’t say much; the important thing is what happens after the game starts.” Atlético captain Koke echoed his coach’s comments and insisted that the squad revelled in their uncompromising, aggressive style.
“We have been playing like this for a decade, and we enjoy it,” the midfielder said.